The impact of the COVID-19 has been significant on all industries, but the telecommunications industry has been considered an important pillar to overcome this crisis. Femi Oshiga, vice president of service providers for MEA, CommScope explained to Telecom Review how the company is helping its customers and highlighted the importance of connectivity in these difficult times.

Read more: CommScope addressing the challenges of COVID-19

For more than 140 years, Ericsson has been continuously at the forefront of innovation. The tech giant has been a key player in the MEA region with its outstanding network infrastructure, dependable services and ability to understand and capitalize on the latest industry trends.

Read more: Ekow Nelson reflects on Ericsson’s 5G journey in MEA region

COVID-19 has brought with it tremendous challenges that many Telcos have had to deal with as fast as possible. Our reliability on connectivity has never been more crucial and this seems to be a very prevalent in the field of broadband as more people are expected to work from home.

Read more: InfiNet Wireless’s take on coping with pandemic-induced internet traffic

Telecom Review managed to secure an interview with the esteemed organization’s CEO, Dr. Ahmed Sindi to gain some insight into their latest projects, the Kingdom’s fiber optics journey and to discuss the opportunities that lie ahead.

Read more: How Dawiyat Integrated is supporting the digital advancement of the Kingdom

IoT is not just a technology; it is a business strategy, according to Craig Price, SVP mobility products and marketing, PCCW Global, who spoke to Telecom Review about the company’s IoT roadmap and the relevance of its Console Connect platform in the era of 5G and IoT.

Read more: PCCW Global providing end-to-end IoT connectivity

Not long ago, satellite television was being written off as an outdated medium of consuming content that would not survive the digital age. Orbit Showtime Network - OSN, is a long-standing satellite provider serving the MENA region for almost 25 years. OSN welcomed Patrick Tillieux as chief executive officer just over a year ago. Since his appointment, he has made profound changes to OSN, to which he refers as a “radical evolution” of the company. Tillieux has a much more positive approach towards satellite TV. He believes that there is still potential in the market and intends to continue work on both traditional and digital methods of consuming content.

Read more: OSN’s visionary CEO drives a radical evolution of the company

With 5G wireless networks continuing to be deployed in 2020, the issue of 5G cybersecurity remains a huge area of uncertainty. Despite telcos’ enthusiasm to roll out the network as quickly as possible, Dr. Ibrahim Gedeon, CTO of Canadian telecom provider, TELUS, stresses that security is not a feature that should be added after the design of a product or service, but rather as an integral part of the design process. He believes that building secure products from the ground-up requires a strong reliance on a root of trust.

Read more: “The era of secure, private and ethical by design is here,” says TELUS CTO

Virgin Mobile Middle East and Africa, the GCC’s only mobile provider with multiple live operations and millions of active customers, has a proven track-record of delivering outstanding mobile experiences to customers across the region. The company operates in the region under two brands: Virgin Mobile and FREiNDi Mobile. Telecom Review sat down with Erik Dudman Nielsen, founder and CEO of Virgin Mobile MEA, to talk about the company’s success in some of the region’s most mature markets and to gain greater insight into what makes their services truly outstanding to their customers.

Read more: Virgin Mobile MEA CEO talks strategy, data and tackling challenges

The digital revolution has exposed abundant value opportunities for companies to raise efficiency and develop new kinds of products, services, and business models. Accenture is the engine to help transform businesses and leverage the new technologies that are disrupting the industry as we know it. Only by building strong innovation capabilities, can companies successfully make the wise pivot and manage disruption. Xavier Anglada is the Strategy & Consulting lead for Accenture in the MENA region, and is leading his team in harnessing the power of innovation and disruption in the digital era. Telecom Review sat down with Anglada to explore how disruption is playing out in the Middle East, and how companies can leverage new digital technologies to power through their digital transformation journey.

Read more: Accenture’s Xavier Anglada on harnessing digital disruption

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